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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Thirteen Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (April 13 - April 19)

Date of News Release: 04/20/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in twelve separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 13 through Sunday, April 19, 2009.

Nine of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Breathitt, Carroll, Harlan, Jefferson, Knox, Mason, Mercer, and Montgomery counties. One double fatality crashed occurred in Jefferson county. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in two of the crashes.

Two fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in Calloway and Powell counties. Neither victim was wearing a helmet. One pedestrian fatality occurred in Oldham county.

Through April 19, preliminary statistics* indicate that 204 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is seven fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 175 motor vehicle fatalities, 100 victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirteen pedestrians have been killed. Fourteen fatalities involved a motorcycle and two fatalities involved an ATV. A total of forty-nine fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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